Here's sort of an update. An agent from the big-time agency reading my new novel says she loves it and would like to work with it. No champagne bottles are being uncorked just yet...because first there will be a reader's report. I am not sure what that is but it seems like having someone else (perhaps someone from the outside) read the manuscript and see if the agent's assessment makes sense and identify problems.
Well, we'll wait and see. I am cautiously excited and happy but am taking a wait and see attitude. Once (and if) there is a contract, I will celebrate. Until then I wait.